PGA Champions Tour’s Coast event returns in March 2022

Tournament officials announced today that the Rapiscan Systems Classic will return in the Spring of 2022, after canceling the 2020-2021 events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 PGA TOUR Champions event will be held at Grand Bear Golf Club, featuring 78 of the top players on the Champions Tour. Tournament week will run from March 28 – April 3, 2022.

 

Designed by World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Nicklaus, Grand Bear Golf Club is located on the outskirts of the DeSoto National Forest in Saucier. In 2019, Golf Advisor ranked it as the second-best course in Mississippi, and the No. 10 “Best Course Layout” in the United States.

Kevin Sutherland, who won the event in 2019, is the defending champion. Previous champions include Miguel Angel Jiminez (2017, 2018), Steve Stricker (2018), Fred Couples (2012) and Tom Lehman (2011). 

“We are proud to continue our title sponsorship with the PGA TOUR Champions and can’t wait to be back in Coastal Mississippi in March 2022,” said Ajay Mehra, President, Rapiscan Systems Cargo & Solutions Group, which is part of OSI Systems, Inc. “The Rapiscan Systems Classic is a wonderful showcase for our company to gather our partners and clients for an exciting week to enjoy great golf, host thought-provoking industry seminars, and of course, continue our record-breaking charitable support.”

 

Despite not hosting an official PGA TOUR Champions event for two years, the Rapiscan Systems Classic held a private charity pro-am tournament at MGM Resorts International’s Fallen Oak in May, with the goal of continuing its charitable mission in South Mississippi. Since 2018, Rapiscan Systems has helped raise more than $3.37 million for local charities through the tournament’s Birdies for Charity program.

 

Rapiscan will be hosting the Accelerate Secure Trade, Transport & Events Summit during tournament week where discussions on integrated inspection with the latest technology will be taking place around South Mississippi.

 

“We are excited to be hosting these important discussions between US Federal, State and International leaders, technology companies and customers during tournament week,” Jonathan Fleming, President of S2 Global; sister company of Rapiscan Systems stated.

 

The Rapiscan Systems Classic generates over 1,000 hotel room nights every year, with spectators and volunteers traveling to South Mississippi from more than 15 states and Canada to attend the event.

 

“We are thrilled that Rapiscan Systems has committed to support this first-class event for another year,” said Foundation Board President Jonathan Jones. “This golf tournament means a great deal to the local community, both in terms of its significant economic impact, but also the positive exposure the region receives through the nationally televised broadcast.”

 

The transition from Fallen Oak to Grand Bear Golf Club in 2022 will showcase another premier golf course in South Mississippi. Stretching 7,204 yards from its championship tees and surrounded by towering pines, the Nicklaus design carves through natural cypress wetlands and winds along both the Little Biloxi and Big Biloxi Rivers.

 

“The team at Grand Bear cannot wait to welcome the best golfers on the PGA TOUR Champions to our beautiful facility next March,” said Jeffrey Krohn, Vice President of Golf Operations for VICI Golf. “We are confident our course will provide a firm test for the professionals while also creating a memorable tournament week for our members and the Coast community.”

 

For more information, please visit the official tournament website, www.rapiscansystemsclassic.com.

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